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Teen shot in Hopewell, police investigate gang tie

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

A teenager is in the hospital after he was shot twice in a gang-related crime. Now, Hopewell police are working with Virginia State Police to combat what they're calling a gang problem.

The incident happened in the 3600 block of Wilmington Avenue. Police say a 16-year-old male was shot twice in the chest after an argument broke out in the usually quiet neighborhood.

"We know there are there are groups of individuals in the city, localized groups, that have been having disagreements," said Major Robert Skowron with the Hopewell Police Department. "It appears this crime is gang-related."

This wouldn't be the only gang-related crime Hopewell has seen recently.

On October 22, three teens were arrested for robbing a 7-11 as part of a gang initiation. The teens were caught on surveillance video and later slammed with gang charges.

Police don't believe the robbery and shooting are connected but are on the lookout for the suspects.

Officers are also asking residents to be on the lookout, too.

On Thursday, members of the Hopewell Police Department, Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police went door-to-door in the neighborhood where the shooting happened. They handed out crime prevention tips and asked folks to report anything they see that's suspicious.

Hopewell Police report seeing a spike gang violence so Virginia State Police are assisting the department to end gang violence in the city.

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